Tom Swift & His Ocean Airport, first edition

First Edition, 1934.  I can't wait to read this, nor can my husband!

First Edition, 1934. I can’t wait to read this, nor can my husband!

Subject / Topic:  According to :

“Summary: No official summary was ever provided with any of the old Tom Swift books. However, the plot can be summed up as follows:

“A friend of Tom Swift’s was thought to have been murdered over the Atlantic Ocean in an attempt at circling the globe. Tom, partly in memorial and partly because of a need, decides to build a large floating airport out in the middle of the ocean.

“To build such an airport requires a very special kind of wood. This wood, called talcap, is imported from the mythical country of Haargoland. There is some trouble getting the wood, but at last Tom gets his wood, figures everything is all right, and goes out to sea to build his airport.

“After the airport is built, however, the Haargoland navy shows up and claims the airport for Haargoland, claiming that Tom had no right to take the wood in the first place. Tom then is forced to use his new “soundless wireless” to contact the U. S. Government, which promptly dispatches a large plane and a Navy vessel to the scene.

“The Navy vessel, arriving first, promptly forces the Haargolanders to surrender. Before the United States government can take official responsibility for the airbase, however, certain ceremonies have to take place; the men who have to perform these ceremonies are on board the airplane, which gets trapped in a tremendous mid-Atlantic storm.

“Can Tom Swift’s Ocean Airport stand this ultimate test and save the planeload of diplomats? His Ocean Airport faces its ultimate test!”

[Similar summaries to each of the books in the Tom Swift series can be found at the website above.  It’s a wealth of information!]

Format: Hardcover.
Published:  1934; first edition.
Condition:  The book is in fair to good condition; there is some staining inside, as well as slight fading and darkening due to its age (80 years old), but overall the binding is firm and there are no tears in any of the pages.  The original paper cover is reasonably intact, although damaged.  Note: The term “condition” is subjective, despite our efforts to be clear about any known defects.
Price:  $19.95 plus $3.95 shipping & handling (that’s the book – or economy – rate), if not picked up in person.
# Available:  one
Defects, Nicks and/or Blemishes: This book is in fair to good condition; see “Condition” above for more detail.  Any white shading that shows in the photos is from the camera flash and is not seen in the item itself.
Item Location: Heritage Collectibles, 189 Main Street, Lewiston ME 04240.


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